WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

The extracts on this page are taken from selected national newspapers. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Manchester United.

07/04/2008 09:50

Papers: Reds' injury crisis

United injury crisis
Manchester United are facing a defensive crisis which could jeopardise their Premier League and Champions League hopes after Rio Ferdinand left Middlesbrough wearing a protective cast on his left foot. United are already without Nemanja Vidic for Wednesday's second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Roma and now look to be without Ferdinand after the defender limped off with 20 minutes to go. Boss Sir Alex Ferguson said: "Hopefully it's not serious with Rio but he was limping for too long. The danger was to keep carrying on with him." Ferdinand will have a scan on his injured foot this morning but it seems certain the 29-year-old will miss the Roma game and is also a major doubt for the Premier League visit of Arsenal to Old Trafford next Sunday.
David Anderson, Daily Mirror

All the tabloids seize upon United's concession of two points at the Riverside, intimating that Chelsea and Arsenal have renewed hope in this season's title race.

The Times, meanwhile, focuses on the brief spat between Sir Alex Ferguson and Middlesbrough counterpart Gareth Southgate on Sunday. The former Boro defender insists he has "complete respect" for the United manager.

The latest transfer speculation concerns Dimitar Berbatov - the Sunday Mirror claims Spurs have put a £40million price tag on the Bulgarian striker to ward off reported suitors including United, Chelsea and Manchester City.

A fresh twist on the generally tiresome rumours linking Cristiano Ronaldo with Real Madrid suggests the Spanish side will try to sign him "on the cheap" in 2010 for £10m. AC Milan are also looking into this, according to yesterday's News of the World.

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